Friday, April 30, 2010

This Week In the Writing World: April 30

Post by NCW Member Brooke Favero

Wow, the blogs were buzzing this week. Before we get started, you'll want to harness your writing chi. Rachelle Gardner helps define your writing lifestyle while Blood Red Pencil questions your writing philosophy. Do you feel more focused? Good, let's get to the hot topics:

Publishing Contracts
 Chip MacGregor defines a reasonable book contract. Pimp My Novel explains the non-compete clause and the right of first refusal in a contract. Stroppy Author tackles copyrights and author's corrections in a contract. Kristin Nelson warns of the ISBN trap when considering self-publishing. How Publishing Really Works says it's okay to judge a book by its cover (in fact, it's critical to sales). Once your contract is signed, it's time to talk publicity.

Marketing and Your Online Platform
If you're serious about becoming published, The Book Publicity Blog suggests when to start your online platform. Backspace comments on books, blogs, and marketing. BookEnds talks about how the Internet and social networking affects your career. The Guide to Literary Agents also cautions writers about posting your work online and gives great publicity tips. And if you're a rabid tweeter, Follow the Reader lists the publishers who tweet best.

KT Literary curbs the temptation to resubmit a revision. The Query Shark pipes up about word count when querying. The INTERN explains how to write a non-fiction book proposal. Chip MacGregor talks about trends. And Pimp My Novel corrects common publishing misconceptions.

Kidlit explains the difference between situation and plot. Janice Hardy helps you show-not-tell. And TalkToYoUniverse talks about writing dialogue that matters.

New Agents
This week, two new agents popped up. Get them while they're fresh: Marissa Walsh at FinePrint Literary and Taylor Martindale at The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
And at the end of it all, here's something to laugh Alot about.

Brooke Favero is a freelance marcom/tech/web writer. She lives in Aurora, Colorado. She hopes to publish in Middle Grade some day soon.


Kay said...

Lovely summary ... with lots of interesting, helpful stuff.

Linda L. Henk said...

Lots of good information, thanks. I think that knowing the ins and outs of writing a good nonfiction book proposal may be in my future. Also appreciated the comments about the temptation to resubmit a revision. I've been there this past week!

Patricia Stoltey said...

This is an excellent summary of top-notch articles. I'm loving this Writing Bug feature. Thanks, Brooke.

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